Warning: long post I have been planning to relocate for some time now; I even tried to relocate a few years back but failed and had to move back to New York. My last attempt was while I had a job that I could leave and come back to if I had to (which I did), but now I'm working for the city and, as I'm sure you could guess, they don't offer the same flexibility. In a way that may be a good thing, as it forces me to be more certain of my plans. On the other hand, I don't want to be complacent and find myself in the same place, with the same frustrations, in 10 years. A little history of fmoore200: I'm single, 30 years old with no kids. I've been working in the transportation industry (mostly passenger service, but some light truck experience) for 9 years. I have a strong work history, including safe driving awards and more than one supervisor willing to give a good recommendation. I have relative longevity in both companies I have worked for with solid attendance and performance records. I have in the past thought to change career paths - using that to fuel my planned relocation; I have even enrolled in college/university on a number of occasions (50 or so credits). But then I started thinking: I've put a large portion of time and energy into the career I currently have, and even if I were to finish school in (best case scenario) 2 - 1/2 years, I would then be entering my mid thirties and leaving an industry where I would have almost 12 years invested to be an entry level employee - if I could find a job - with a bunch of 21 year olds as my competition. So, getting back to the reason for this post (if you've stuck in this long you probably deserve an award ). I am planning on relocating, but working in the same industry. If possible, I would prefer to get out of passenger service, but I will be leaving all my options open. I don't have a *specific* question, but I'm looking for advice about how I could put myself in the best position possible. How should I construct my resume? When should I start submitting? Networking is important, but how do I begin when I obviously don't live in the area I am looking to work? I know I want to be remembered by the people making hiring decisions, but I don't want to be a pest, how do I accomplish that? Any other thoughts or comments you may have would be appreciated. I know there are some members here that have relocated, and there are some HR guys and small business owners. I would appreciate all the different perspectives I can get. Thanks in advance.